TEFL Certification

The Program

Our program focuses on successful English as Second or Foreign Language teaching (ESL/EFL), multiple intelligences, classroom management, culture in the classroom, effective lesson planning, creativity and more. You will apply your new skills in practice teaching sessions with real EFL students. The course consists of 120 hours of training in four weeks. Trainees  will be given job placement assistance to find the perfect teaching job  upon graduation. Teachers will also complete a portfolio of their work  throughout the course, which will be used in their future classrooms and  as a tool during job interviews. Proyecto TEFL graduates currently travel and teach English all over the world – with a 90% success rate for  graduates getting jobs!

The Difference

By promoting an innovative English language teaching training philosophy and hands-on experience, teachers become confident in the classroom. Plus, Proyecto offers the unique opportunity to earn your TEFL certificate in Costa Rica’s jungle paradise. Proyecto’s teacher trainers use a variety of teaching techniques in  the classroom and personalize additional workshops to fit trainees  specific needs. Our trainee group is limited to eight participants per month to ensure individualized attention. Trainees are given personalized assistance with lesson planning, as well as feedback session for all classes observed. Trainees will gain experience leading classes, co-teaching, observing each other and giving peer feedback. This gives trainees the chance to experience new strategies and techniques in a supportive learning atmosphere, while gaining skills and confidence as an effective language teacher.

Course Modules

The program will prepare you to teach the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing and  formal grammar instruction skills while using only English in the  classroom. You will master the art of teaching English by completing the  following learning modules:

  • Second Language Acquisition 
  • The Specialized Brain 
  • Language Aptitude & Motivation
  • Learning Styles & Intelligences
  • The Four Skills 
  • Instructional Methodologies 
  • Lesson Planning 
  • Classroom Management  

2-Month Program

You will earn your TEFL teaching certificate the first month at Proyecto Santa Teresa, then practice your teaching skills with a personalized teaching schedule your second month.
2017 Course Dates:
January 9
February 6
March 6
June 5
July 3
August 7
September 4
October 2

The Cost

2-Month Program-  $3000
1-Month Program -  $2500

All programs include your shared room lodging, all course materials and arrival transportation. You save $150 when you book one month in advance! 

The Results

Proyecto TEFL graduates are currently  teaching English all over the world – with a 90% success rate for graduates getting jobs! The course consists of 120 hours of training with 60+ hands-on practice. Trainees receive job placement assistance upon graduation, and complete a portfolio throughout the course as a tool for job interviews. Proyecto has highly qualified, enthusiastic instructors with years  of experience teaching English in Costa Rica and around the globe. 

FAQ's

FAQ - The Area & TEFL

Where is Costa Rica? Costa Rica is a country located in Central America between the countries of Nicaragua and Panama. It borders both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. 

Where in Costa Rica are Proyecto Montezuma & Proyecto Santa Teresa? Montezuma and Santa Teresa are located on opposite sides of the southern tip of the Nicoya Penisula overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

What languages are spoken in Costa Rica? The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish, however due to the growing tourism industry English is often spoken especially by those catering to tourists. Some basic knowledge of Spanish is helpful and recommended when traveling to Costa Rica, but it is not necessary. 

Is the area safe? Yes, it is very safe, but like everywhere in the world you must be smart with your personal  belongings. Don’t travel with expensive items that are difficult to replace. 

Do I need to speak Spanish to teach at Proyecto? No. Although speaking Spanish would be an asset, it is definitely not a requirement. There are bilingual staff to assist you with any problems you may encounter while teaching. We highly recommend joining our Spanish Immersion classes to maximize your ability to communicate with  locals. 

What does TEFL stand for?  TEFL stands for “Teaching English as a Foreign Language.” 

Why teach English? Teaching English is a  challenging and rewarding opportunity and the means to attaining  numerous goals. It enables those who want more than a superficial view of a country to find work so they can settle in for a longer stay.  Individuals who have lived overseas are able to offer an international perspective that is valuable both in the classroom and the professional  world. If you choose to teach English in English speaking countries, you  can make a difference by teaching individuals whose personal, academic or professional lives will be enhanced by the skills acquired in your classes. The cultural awareness gained by living and working in another part of the world, or with individuals coming from other cultures, will be invaluable. 

Are there really any ESL jobs for me?  Yes, there are! The whole world wants to learn English. People everywhere, especially young people, are convinced that speaking English is the key to a successful career. Many governments now mandate English  language study in elementary schools, high schools and higher-learning  institutions. Worldwide, there are many more ESL (English as a Second  Language) jobs than there are native-speaking EFL (English as a Foreign  Language) teachers to fill them. 

I speak English perfectly well. Why do I need a certificate to get a job?   In the past, especially in countries that were cut off from a supply of native English speakers, any American could simply ask for a job teaching English and be given one. Today, thankfully, administrators are more particular about the qualifications of the  individuals they hire. Being a native speaker of English does not  automatically mean one possesses the ability to teach the language. Teaching English is a challenging job that requires not only creativity, patience, and intellectual curiosity, but also an understanding of English grammar and knowledge of instructional techniques. Your Proyecto TEFL's certificate shows prospective employers that you possess the professional tools to teach English successfully. Not only will you be a  more attractive candidate to employers, but your skills, knowledge and  teaching experience will make you more comfortable, confident and  effective in the classroom. 

What if English is not my mother-tongue?  If you have an internationally-recognized Proyecto TEFL certificate, not being a  native speaker should not be a problem. One of the entrance  requirements for Proyecto TEFL’s course is the ability to speak and write English fluently. Thus native and non-native English speakers are welcomed as an asset.